Last night, Morrissey capped off an impressive lineup at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, where he performed a three song set that included “People Are the Same Everywhere,” “Irish Blood, English Heart” and a slightly tweaked cover of the late Lou Reed‘s “Satellite of Love.”
The mini-set was quite stirring – a photo of Oscar Wilde was projected above the stage during a rousing “People Are the Same Everywhere” and his rendition of “Satellite of Love” found Morrissey’s grandiose vocals complementing the song just as well as Reed’s arid original. He did give the song his own signature stamp, changing the line “I love to watch things on TV” to “I cannot stand the TV.”
Morrissey’s been rather active lately. His new book Autobiography just landed stateside and he just released his version of “Satellite of Love” as a 7-inch picture disc and a 12-inch single. Also, on February 25th, a “definitive master” reissue of his solo album Your Aresenal arrives which includes a live DVD from that era.
The Nobel Peace Prize concert was hosted by Homeland star Claire Danes and also featured music from Jake Bugg, Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, Swedish rapper Timbuktu, Swedish singer Zara Larsson and Norwegian hip-hop duo Envy. All performed in honor of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a Netherlands-based group dedicated to eliminating chemical weapons.